Over €300,000 in funding has been allocated for Birr Castle under the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative.
The €316,870 will be put towards the provision of an Education Centre at the castle.
Projects in Banagher and Kilcormac will also benefit under the scheme.
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced details of the €5.3 million REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) initiative, which aims to stimulate economic development in rural towns and their hinterlands.
Under the 2016 REDZ scheme, just over €5.3 million is being approved to 41 projects nationwide, with €1.9 million going to projects in the North and Western Region, €1.3 million for projects in the Southern Region and €2.1 million for projects in the Eastern and Midlands Region.
Announcing the funding, Minister Humphreys said, “The REDZ scheme aims to improve links between rural towns and their hinterlands to stimulate activity at a local level. It is one of a number of schemes which my Department has been rolling out to boost economic activity and improve living standards across rural Ireland.